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Jackson EMC Foundation awards $55K to area groups
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A $10,000 Jackson EMC Foundation check to Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy will help fund basic literacy classes for adults. At the check presentation, from left, are David Lee, Jackson EMC district manager; Keith Whitaker, Alliance board member; Dorothy Shinafelt, Alliance director; and other Alliance board members: Debbie Killip, Tanya Bennett, Sarah Bell, Melanie Chandler, Jean DuPree and Don Caskey. - photo by For The Times

The Jackson EMC Foundation board of directors awarded a total $117,000 in grants to organizations during their December meeting, including $55,000 to organizations serving Hall County:

  • $15,000 to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens for its monthly Mobile Pantry Program, which distributes food through partner agencies in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Franklin, Jackson, Madison and Oglethorpe counties in a farmer’s market style event, eliminating the need for the agencies to store the food and allowing the food bank to distribute an average of 11,000 pounds of food each month to those in need at a fraction of the cost.
  • $15,000 to Friends of Disabled Adults and Children, Too, an organization based in Stone Mountain which services all counties in the Jackson EMC service area by helping people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life, for its home medical equipment program, which refurbishes medical equipment, such as power lifts and motorized chairs.
  • $15,000 to ITNLanier, a  Gainesville-based organization providing door-to-door transportation for adults 60 years and older and visually impaired individuals 18 years and older, to assist with its member and volunteer recruitment efforts in Banks, Hall, Jackson and Lumpkin counties. 
  • $10,000 to the Gainesville-Hall County Alliance for Literacy to purchase materials and provide instructors for basic literacy classes for adults 16 and older, and GED preparation classes for students who have not completed high school.  

Jackson EMC Foundation grants are made possible by the more than 187,589 participating cooperative members who have their monthly electric bills rounded to the next dollar amount through the Operation Round Up program. Their “spare change” has funded 1,272 grants to organizations and 353 grants to individuals, putting nearly $13 million back into local communities since the program began in 2005. 

Any individual or charitable organization in the ten counties served by Jackson EMC (Clarke, Banks, Barrow, Franklin, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison and Oglethorpe) may apply for a Foundation grant by completing an application, available online at www.jacksonemc.com/foundation-apply or at local Jackson EMC offices. Applicants do not need to be a member of Jackson EMC. 

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